Fishers and Scientists in Modern Turkey: The Management of Natural Resources, Knowledge and Identity on the Eastern Black Sea Coast

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Berghahn Books, Dec 30, 2008 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Through the ethnography and history of fish production, seafood consumption, state modernizing policies and marine science, this book analyzes the role of local knowledge in the management of marine resources on the Eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey. Fishing, science and other ways of knowing and relating to fish and the sea are analyzed as particular ways of life conditioned by history, ideology and daily practice. The approach adopted here allows for a broader analysis of the role knowledge plays in the management of common pool resources (CPR) than is provided in much of the contemporary CPR debate that tends to have a somewhat narrow focus on institutions and rules. By contrast, the author argues that also local knowledge and the larger historical and ideological context of production, as manifest in state modernization policies and consumption patterns, should be taken into account when trying to explain the current management regime in Turkish Black Sea fisheries.

 

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Contents

CH 1Introduction
1
CH 2Seafood consumption and Turkish identities
19
CH 3Fisheries and the state
42
CH 4Fishers Knowledges
76
CH 5Informal Regulations in Smallboat fishing
98
CH 6Fishing careers family and friendships
124
CH 7State representatives
144
CH 8The controversy over the Sonar
170
CH 9Water produce cooperatives and the cultivation of ignorance
193
CH 10Articulation of Knowledges through moralities and politics
215
Notes
240
Bibliography
247
Glossary of Turkish Words Frequently Used
267
Index
271
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Ståle Knudsen is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen. He has spent extended periods doing fieldwork among Turkish Black Sea fishers. He is currently leading a working group on the Black Sea as part of an EU-funded project entitled "Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas".

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